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New York arrives at St. Cecilia Music Center

November 21, 2013
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The Escher String Quartet has performed across the world, including the Kennedy Center and the Louvre. Photo via fb.com

St. Cecilia Music Center’s partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center kicks off its second year tonight.

The 2013-2014 series opens with a performance by co-artistic director and pianist Wu Han performing with the Escher String Quartet.

Han was named Musical America’s 2012 Musician of the Year and ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today.

They will perform Taneyev’s “Quintet in G minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello, Op. 30.”

Han will also perform Scriabin’s “Five Preludes for Piano, Op. 16,” and the Escher String Quartet will perform Rachmaninov’s “Two Movements for String Quartet” and “Quartet No. 1 in E minor for Strings, ‘From my Life’” by Smetana.

"Handful" of cities

“St. Cecilia Music Center, through our collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is excited to bring New York City to Grand Rapids for a second year of top quality chamber music performances,” said Cathy Holbrook, executive director of St. Cecilia.

Last year, St. Cecilia entered into a partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and their artist directors, David Finckel and Wu Han.

“That means that SCMC and Grand Rapids is one of only a handful of institutions and cities in America that have the most prominent cultural organization in the country programming for our audiences,” Holbrook said. “We’ve always coined our series, ‘Great music right here at home,’ and that is more relevant than ever with this NYC2GR series.”

Han has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and performs extensively as duo pianist with cellist David Finckel.

The Escher String Quartet

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its individual sound, inspired artistic decisions and unique cohesiveness.

The ensemble has performed at prestigious venues and festivals around the world: Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Symphony Space in New York, Kennedy Center, the Louvre, Ravinia and Caramoor Festivals, Music@Menlo, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, the City of London Festival and a tour of China, including Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.

St. Cecilia also offers a Jazz Series, which will begin with its first performance on Jan. 23, and a Folk Series, which began this month.

Tickets

The concert will be followed by a post-concert reception to meet the artists.

St. Cecilia also offers a pre-concert reception for $15 that includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are $35 and $40, and student tickets are $10. 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 2013-2014 series at St. Cecilia

Wu Han and the Escher String Quartet
Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

David Finckel performs Schumann and Dohnányi with CMS musicians
March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and a U.S. premiere of work by Zhou
May 8 at 7:30 p.m. 

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